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‘Habitat’ Builds on Hospitality Students’ Creativity

Chocolate “buildings” constructed by students in Penn College’s School of Hospitality were auctioned during Friday’s annual “House for a Home” event to benefit the Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity. Students enrolled in the “Principles of Chocolate Works” course spent weeks designing and building chocolate structures, which this year took the form of a church, a lighthouse, a farm, Victorian homes and stone cottages, complete with candy details. The class is taught by Chef Charles R. Niedermyer, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts. Silent bids were taken for the homes, then a live auction of student-created holiday goodies added to the Habitat donation. Also displayed in the PDC were final projects from students in advanced courses, including “Cakes and Decorations,” “Advanced Garde Manger,” “Classical and Specialty Desserts,” “Artistic Buffet Decoration,” and “Classical Cuisines of the World.” The projects were judged by some of the region’s top chefs.

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